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A bad economy with fewer high paying jobs can attract some people into the drug trade.  The head of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team says the war on drugs is as fierce as ever. Fewer jobs and a loss of hope are by-products of a weak economy and may play into a thriving drug trade right now,  that definitely contributes to it.  Head of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, Ken Mannix says meth continues to be the biggest challenge in Central Oregon and throughout the state: “And probably the biggest thing is that meth is such a highly addictive drug; that once people are on it it's extremely difficult to free yourself of that.  It’s a craving; it’s an addiction and once people get on it it’s hard to get off and as things go, it seems like the more they use the more they want and with that is the fallout of other crimes.” Besides meth, the other big hard drugs authorities are fighting are heroin and cocaine.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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